Voters in the 98th District of Kentucky chose Danny R. Bentley-R, of Russell, Ky., to be the representative defeating incumbent Lewis Nicholls-D, in the Nov. 8, election in a 8,750 to 7, 490 vote.
Bentley said in an interview with the Daily Times, he has an incredible amount of respect of for his opponent, Nicholls.
“Mr. Nicholls is a very honorable man, who I deeply respect. He provides a lot of service to the community, and look forward to working with him in the future,” Bentley said.
Candidacy for State Representative is no easy task, according to Bentley.
“It certainly was a privilege and an honor to be a part of the Republican democracy. It is a lot of hard work, I’m a hard worker and I talked to a lot of people in Greenup County,” he said. “When you talk to people face to face it is a special thing. It was nice to get to know the voters in the District as a candidate.”
Bentley believes his experience compelled voters in the district.
“I think that a lot of people thought about the drug problem, and I think that people saw that I was qualified to help with that. So I have a lot of experience, a lot to offer the people, a health care worker, an entrepreneur starting my own business, and then teaching at the University for over 25 years, so over 20 years of being an educator. I believe that I have the experience that people were looking for, and I have those types of qualifications,” he said.
Bentley also attributes his victory as state representative to his wife and his friends, and his faith in God.
“My wife is very talented when it comes to analyzing and quality control, she is a great help,” he said. “I have a lot of good friends that helped. Of course, I give a lot of credit to God. I am a faith based candidate,” he said.
Preparation is paramount for Bentley to begin his four year term Jan. 3, 2017.
“There is a lot of preparation a lot of reading, and education that I have to do before I really get down to it, and then I will see the agenda that comes in front of me,” he said. “There are a lot of issues right now in Kentucky, and we will probably be dealing with tax reform and trying to stimulate the economy, I’d say first.”
Addressing the present drug epidemic and expanding jobs in the area are also at the top of Bentley’s list of priorities.
“Concerning the drug epidemic, I would like to see how I can help there, because children are our most precious natural resource,” he said. “Hopefully through education and prevention to help the people in our area. Then next would be jobs. Of course you always look forward to the better of the common good.”
For information regarding Bentley, visit his website at: www.drdanbentley.com/meet-dan.
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